When I was a little girl, I used to visit my grandmother in Teaneck, N.J. Inevitably, the weekend would include a trip to my favorite place, Bischoff's, a homemade ice cream parlor that's been in business for 81 years.
It turns out, my husband also used to frequent the famous spot as a child, and right around the same time as I had. For a while I wondered if we ever crossed paths as children. It's quite possible that we sat in booths next to one another eating sundaes and talking to our families about the day spent at the local roller skating rink.
I had forgotten all about this coincidence until the other day, when I came across an article about a married couple who had a chance encounter at a Pennsylvania water park 16 years before they met.
Unlike my story, however, Jourdan and Ryan Spencer have their meeting caught on film, according to a special report featured on Yahoo News and Good Morning America. The couple was watching some home video footage the wife had of her family's July 1988 trip to Sesame Place when her husband saw a familiar face in the background of the scene.
The video shows Jourdan’s mom, Janice, and sister Jillian waiting for a 10-year-old Jourdan to return from a water slide. Suddenly, Ryan walks into the frame.
A year later, the two also attended the same Rolling Stones concert. But they wouldn't meet until they went on a blind date in 2004. The two have been married for 8 years and have three children.
Of course, the couple is certain they were destined to be together.
How many others out there have had similar experiences? Did you visit a water park or swimming pool that your significant other may have been frequented without your knowledge? Share your chance encounter in the comments section below.